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Faith and Reason

During the French Revolution, in 1793, the revolutionaries held a “Festival of Reason” in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and a decree was passed that henceforth Notre Dame would be called “The Temple of Reason.” The belief behind this was that man was capable of governing himself by reason alone: that belief in God and adherence to the teachings of the Catholic Church was not only not necessary, but unreasonable. One year later, it was apparent how unreasonable “reason” that excluded God, could become. Sixteen members of the Carmel of Compiègne, which included 11 Carmelite nuns, were found guilty of violating the “Civil Constitution of the Clergy,” which had outlawed monastic life. On July 17,


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